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Hi, i’m leaving to juba in the coming week.
Do you have any infos and contacts (fixer, ngo, place to stay) to share here or in pm ?
please ?

by Francois Fleury at 2012-04-01 15:49:45 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

don’t get a fixer unless you really need one, they’re expensive in Juba. You could stay in a camp along the Nile, close to the Juba port. Mango Camp and Nile Ressort, are amongst the “cheaper” ones. If you deal with refugees or returnees contact the IOM, if you want to go somewhere outside Juba ask anyone from the UN or UNDSS for specific security information on the route. Be aware of landmines and also the security risc when being outside after sunset (impossible in some places). Make sure at which bank you would receive your money via Western Union or others. Make sure to get all the permissions from the information ministry. Get at least a ZAIN sim card and additionally MTN if you leave for the countryside.

by Paul K. | 02 Apr 2012 00:04 (ed. Apr 2 2012) | Munich, Germany | | Report spam→
Was in Juba a few months ago and stayed at this place : http://www.confidentchildren.org/ They are ann NGO but also have a hostel next door which is clean and reliable. They also know a lot of people in the city so you can provide you with info.
Make sure you get your photo permit at Juba (take a day out of your schedule to make this happen) – you will need the letter of invite from one of the organisations you will work for or else they will not give it to you.
Also if you are not supported by an organisation it’s pretty much impossible to take pictures of people in Juba. People there have v strong views about having their photo taken. This seems to be the situations for most of the photogs I met there. Good luck!

by Bernard Henin | 03 Apr 2012 11:04 | Katmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
The months before, during and the weeks after the independence you didn’t need an invitation, so just check with the authorities there or the GOSS office in Burssels, Belgium.
You could also try to call Paul Jacob. He was the director general of the external media office in the ministry of information last year. (I’ll PM the phone number, don’t know if it’s still in use).
You could contact Adam Smith International, they’ve been advicing the GOSS information ministry in terms of media accreditation etc.
Also the big media offices from the NGOs could help. Ask UNHCR, IOM, GIZ

About the people and taking photos, I felt it was like always and also lile here in Germany: Nobody likes to have a photo taken without trusting the photographer :-)

by Paul K. | 03 Apr 2012 16:04 | Munich, Germany | | Report spam→
Just to confirm, I was in SS in Oct and I definitely needed an invitation (even got stuck at Nairobi airport because the GOSS embassy in Kenya messed up and almost missed my flight). Anyone who comes into the country is under serious scrutiny so you need a visa or else the airlines won’t fly you there. Furthermore you will need this invitation letter to get you the photo permit. I got it but one day ended up at the police station in the North of the country as I didn’t have it with me during a shoot (left it at NGO compound by mistake).
One last thing, SS is a broken country so things take time… to get the Visa at Nairobi it took me 3 days so make sure you are very well prepared.

by Bernard Henin | 03 Apr 2012 16:04 | Katmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→

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